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Landscapes Category Winners

Once again, after much wrangling and debate, our judges have selected a winner and runner-up for the Wexas landscape photography competition 2013. the results are shown below. Click on each of the photographs to see an enlarged image. These photographs will also appear in issue 1 (Spring) 2014 of Traveller Magazine.

Due to the quantity and strength of entries that we received, the judges selected a further three highly commended pictures which can be seen in our highly commended landscape gallery.

 

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Distant wonderland, Iceland

By Max Rive

Iceland

The judges felt that this image definitely made you want to be there and thought it captured a sense of high adventure. They praised the composition and the fact that the figures looking over the valley and the rivers lead the gaze saying, 'the layers keep unfolding and the highlighting of rivulets adds to the magic, they invite you to follow them through the extraordinary landscape.' They also commented that the depth cues are great too, with five layers - 'not only is there a foreground, mid and background here, there's a near foreground and a far background.' Ultimately, they felt it had 'a lot of visual impact' and, 'a lot of texture for a picture with such a grand sweeping scope.'

 

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Chinese landscape, China

By Qiang Chen

China

The judges commented that you were at once transported to a really exotic, mystical place; 'even without the pagoda you'd want to be there, but with it, there's a real sense of excitement and discovery.' They praised its 'quietly beguiling...poetic quality' and were impressed by the composition, noting the perfect placing of the pagoda and the clever capturing of the mist that,  'allows you to see the shapes of the leaves in the foreground, and which creates a zigzag path for you to follow along a lovely journey.' Summing up, they felt it epitomised the region and was, 'So Shangri La.'